Beikost Solid Food

An infant is physically ready for semi-solid foods between four to six months of age. Before this age the reflex that allows babies to suckle will push foods out of the mouth. At around six months infants begin to sit independently, draw in their lower lip as a spoon is removed from the mouth, and they can indicate hunger by opening the mouth—and refusal by closing the mouth and turning away. Some parents believe that solid foods help a baby sleep through the night. However, sleeping through the night is not related to food, but is a developmental milestone that occurs between one to three months of age. To eat solid foods at an early age might reduce an infant's intake of breast milk or formula, which could have a negative impact on nutritional status.

All solid foods should be offered by spoon, not put in a bottle. A new food might initially be rejected, but with repeated offerings acceptance increases. Baby rice cereal is often recommended as the first food for an infant, since it rarely provokes allergic reactions and is iron fortified. The cereal should be mixed with breast milk or formula until it has a semi-liquid consistency. The next foods offered can be single strained fruits, strained vegetables, and at seven to eight months, strained meats. New foods are added one at a time, for two to three days, while the infant is watched for a negative reaction. Reactions would include rashes, vomiting, or diarrhea. Commercially prepared baby foods are convenient, and the first-stage foods are prepared without added sugar and starches. Home-prepared baby foods can be more economical, however.

The American Dental Association recommends juice be given to an infant with a cup rather than a bottle. This decreases the risk of both baby bottle tooth decay and overfeeding. Baby bottle tooth decay, also known as nutritional requirements: the set of substances needed in the diet to maintain health elemental: made from predigested nutrients nursing bottle mouth syndrome, is a disorder of extreme dental decay of the upper teeth, caused by infants or toddlers falling asleep while sucking a bottle filled with juice, milk, or any other fermentable liquid.

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